In a shocking incident four African national students were thrashed, punched and beaten by different groups at two places in Greater Noida.
The incident took place after a candle light march in protest of death of a 12th standard student turned violent. Dozens of local residents in Greater Noida took to streets after the death of Manish Khari, 19. Locals allege that the boy died of drug overdose. Five Nigerians were held in connection with the case.
Ambassador Sola Enikanolaye visited the injured students at the Kailash Hospital.
Sola said, "We are in touch with the police. Let's see how the investigation takes place"
Giving an account of the violence last night, Endurance, a student said, "I went to the mall when the attack happened there were hundreds beating me up with sticks and something made of metal. No one helped us."
Another student Precious said, "I tried hard to stop them. We received a message on our foreign students WhatsApp group asking us to go home immedietly because we were in danger. We ran from Ansal Plaza but no auto agreed to take us. Then we went back in and tried to enter stores. The store owners threw us out. After we were beaten we hid for half an hour before the police came and helped."
Meanwhile, permission for yet another candle march which was to take place today outside Sharda University has been denied by the police.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after several African students were attacked in Greater Noida following the death of a Class 12 boy. The UP chief minister has assured of "fair and impartial" probe into the incident, Sushma Swaraj said.
"I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident," Swaraj said in her tweets.